By Paul Supawanich

Washington, D.C. – April 23, 2014 – Ridesharing can fill the missing void for many suburban seniors looking to get around, but are unable to drive themselves. “This system is more efficient and less cumbersome than most volunteer driver or senior shuttle programs.”

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Nelson\Nygaard, on a team led by Goody Clancy, earned the Urbanism Award, Honorable Mention from the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2014.  The team helped facilitate several community meetings, developed shared parking projections, and conducted a district-wide assessment of multimodal networks to support a more walkable and connected district between “The Hill” neighborhood and downtown New Haven. The jury commended the team for “the in-depth community participation process that they undertook in order to gain the community’s trust and support.” Nelson\Nygaard is now working on a mobility study to make real some of the visionary work set forth in the Hill to Downtown plan.

Edmonton Centre City Airport Redevelopment, renamed the Blatchford Redevelopment, won the Globe Award for Urban Sustainability from the Globe Foundation and the National Urban Design Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2014. Nelson\Nygaard, on a team led by Perkins + Will,  created transportation networks that re-stitched the surrounding neighborhoods back together with connected streets, extensive shared-use paths, and extensions of the City’s light rail and bus transit systems. 

Principal Jason Schrieber and Senior Associate Lisa Jacobson led response panels at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s sPARKing New Ideas Parking Conference, in Boston in April 2014. The panel discussion begins at 1:03, after the keynote address by Donald Shoup, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning. Discussions focused on implementing new technologies, shared parking approaches, and performance-based pricing throughout the commonwealth.

Jeff Tumlin, at a 2012 Coalition for Smarter Growth meeting in Washington, DC, offers a slightly irreverent and engaging look at how changing traffic patterns and our method of transportation can improve our quality of life.

Michael King leads this session at the Toronto forum, beginning with “Lessons in Completing streets.” He reviews some of the efforts over the past three decades: traditional neighborhood design, traffic calming, context sensitive design and solutions, urban street design, real intersection design, walkability.

As part of our Bus Rapid Transit and Long Range Transit Plan in Flagstaff, Nelson\Nygaard conducted on-board passenger surveys while also analyzing how many people were boarding or alighting at Mountain Line’s bus stops. The video, taken by Paul Supawanich, shows an example of a typical afternoon “pulse” of numerous bus routes at the transfer center. The pulse enables numerous transfers to happen around the same time and reduces the amount of time that passengers have to wait for their connecting bus.

The American Planning Association recognized the Berkeley Downtown Area Project with a National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice in 2014, for having “successfully translated community aspirations into concrete actions.” This multi-faceted project is designed to retain the downtown’s vibrant character, accommodate new growth, and make downtown a model of environmental sustainability. Nelson\Nygaard led the development of the the Downtown Parking and TDM Plan, one of four major initiatives. We recommended a comprehensive parking and TDM strategy, including a shared parking facility program and zoning amendments that require new developments to provide residents with free transit passes and other incentives that reduce vehicle trips and pollution.

Washington, D.C. – April 11, 2014 – A study, co-authored by Rachel Weinberger, and led by Drexel University School of Public Health brought to light the link between parking costs and mass transit use. Their findings provides lawmakers with a new tool for creating better transportation policies. “According to the authors and other experts, a variety of benefits could redound to cities that use the price of parking to discourage car use, including less traffic congestion, turning limited land to more productive uses and better health and public safety.”

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